Q: What happened to "Vegas"? I really enjoyed that program. It appears to have been replaced by an over-hyped "Golden Boy." Will "Vegas" be returned later?
A: Until Thursday afternoon, "Vegas" was scheduled to come back on the CBS schedule Tuesday this week.
But on Thursday CBS announced that "Golden Boy" will remain in the 9 p.m. Tuesday time period and "Vegas" will be shunted off to 8 p.m. Friday beginning April 5.
Q: Why do some TV shows get released almost immediately after the season ends, and others take years, if ever? (Examples: "Major Dad," ''Still Standing," seasons 4-6 of "Party of Five," season 2 and later of "Malcolm in the Middle.")
A: There's probably no one reason, but several likely reasons. Sometimes the rights for a particular TV show are in dispute. Sometimes a show has a lot of music and no permission to use that music in a DVD release, which means someone would have to go through and clear the rights to all the music, a time-consuming and potentially expensive endeavor.
In the cases of shows that got a first-season release and then nothing else, odds are good that first season did not sell well and that's why the studio isn't bothering with releasing additional seasons.
Then again, never say never: "Party of Five" season four came out last week.
Q: Is there a date for the DVD release of "Evening Shade" season 2 starring Burt Reynolds?
A: The best website for seeking information on the status of any TV show is TVShowsOnDVD.com (http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/). It shows that the first season of "Evening Shade" came out in 2008. My guess is it did not sell well and that's why no plans for the release of subsequent seasons have been announced.
Q: What happened to Larry the Cable Guy and "Only in America" on the History channel?
A: They are busy making new episodes. "Only in America" has been renewed and new episodes will air later this year. A premiere date has not yet been announced.
Q: I was wondering if "Merlin" is going to be ended this year, and, if so, why. I think it is a great show. It has a little bit of everything, and I can't imagine they are running out of ideas. The medieval time should have a lot of stories to tell.
Also: Is "Rizzoli & Isles" coming back?
A: "Rizzoli & Isles" is expected to return this summer on TNT.
"Merlin" is currently in the midst of its final season. Shows are not usually canceled for lack of plot ideas, but due to declining ratings. In this case, "Merlin" was an import and was canceled by BBC One. The series finale of "Merlin" is slated to air May 31 on Syfy.